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Er det galskap når en ikke alt for sprek 62-åring begir seg ut på en nesten 11000 km lang sykkeltur fra Norge til India? Det blir i alle fall et eventyr som du kan bli med på å støtte.

Kjetil gjør dette for å skape oppmerksomhet om og støtte barns rettigheter og spesielt barns rett til å bli hørt. Les om hvordan du kan følge reisen, hjelpe barn, og kanskje bli med på deler av reisen.

Årsmøte i Foreningen Go
Årsmøte i Foreningen Go

I fjor syklet Kjetil til India. I år har Foreningen Go nye ideer og planer som skal realiseres. Vil du høre om dem og fjorårets sykkeltur er du velkommen på vårt årsmøte, men kun de som ifjor bido med minst hundre kroner har stemmerett. Foreningen GO, arrangør av Norway-India-Bikeathon, inviterer til årsmøte. I tillegg til […]

Ambojwadi – som Shantaram
Ambojwadi – som Shantaram

Mange har lest Shantaram, Romanen, som tildels er basert på virkelige hendelser,  beskriver livet i slummen i Mumbai. Jeg fikk besøke et annet stort slumområder, Ambojwadi, hvor Yuva, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action, arbeider. Der fikk jeg snakke med noen av ungdommene som bor der før vi tok en tur gjennom slummen. – Jeg […]

– Ta av deg klærne, kommanderte han
– Ta av deg klærne, kommanderte han

– Hva sier det om miljøet når en toårig gutt kan si dette til ei jente? Gitanjali Babbar forteller om denne episoden i et av de 70 bordellene i GB road i Delhi. – Han visste jo ikke hva han sa. 4000 jenter jobber som sexarbeidere i denne gata. Jentene og deres barn kjenner ingen […]

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There are over 20 million children working in various industries across India. They form a formidable yet cheap workforce in the country. The Indian constitution outlaws child labour and treats working children as criminals. But for many of them, work isn't a choice, it's a compulsion. Mahesh and Venkatesh, both 11 years old, are working children in east Bangalore. Their families migrated from the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh to look for better-earning opportunities. Having little say over their fate, they both lent their families a helping hand with the finances. "When I was eight, my mother asked me if I could work. She didn’t force it on me, but I understood her need," says Mahesh. "My father is an alcoholic and he spends money, brings none home. So the burden falls square on my mother and me. My sister is still young – she’s just seven – and can’t work.” Both boys have tough and long days – they wake up at 4 a.m., put in a few hours at the market, rush to school, return home and get back to household work, get time to study and do homework, and then meeting friends before calling it a day. But its not the rough schedule that’s the most troublesome for Mahesh and Venkatesh. “Sometimes when we try working, people treat us like criminals. The police will come and lock us up. I don’t want people to treat me as a criminal. I am not a criminal. I am working to earn a livelihood and to support my family, I am not stealing from anyone,” Mahesh says. Over the years Mahesh and Venkatesh have learned about their rights as child workers through the Bangalore-based Concerned for Working Children (CWC) organisation. Nandana Reddy, head of the CWC, says they have organised an exclusive working children’s union called the Bhima Sangha first of its kind in Asia. “The Bhima Sangha holds meetings once every month where working children come together to discuss their issues. Initially, they were all out there as individuals without any support. Now they have each other, they are together and that makes them stronger. That allows them to be vocal about their rights,” she says. For its work among children, the CWC has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. “If I can study, I'd like to become an officer," Mahesh says, "but if that doesn’t work out, I will be happy to run a shop – a mobile repair shop or something like that.” Venkatesh wants to do more for the community. Being multi-lingual, he already acts as a translator for migrant patients at the nearest government hospital. Like all children, they hope for a “happy future.” To read more about CWC's approach to child labour, click here: http://www.concernedforworkingchildren.org/empowering-children/child-work-and-child-labour/our-stance-on-child-labour/ Kavita Ratna Deepti Mascarenhas Colaco Nishita Khajane Kripa Bhat #workingchildren #bhimasangha #nationalchildlabourday #cwc #childrights
How can climate strrikes lead to action and youth involvement? That was the issue I and Ingrid Skjøtskift discussed with members of the youth council and members of Miljøagentene yesterday. Not surprisingly the young people had a lot of good ideas and thoughts. Today I will suggest for the city council in Trondheim that we start a "program" on the schools of Trondheim where students can discuss their ideas and thoughts with politicians, experts, university students and others. Hopefully a model that can be used elsewhete. Good for the environment and good for childrens participation.
Learn how to protect children from exploitation, violence and human rights violations. Harvard University is launching a free massive open online course on Child Protection: Children's Rights in Theory and Practice. The course, which has

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